A Waterloo man who was found injured at a school construction site last week has died.Waterloo police say 34-year-old William Aegerter died at University Hospitals in Iowa City as a result of injuries he sustained last Friday. Aegerter was found outside Waterloo West High School, where he had been working. An autopsy will be preformed today. Waterloo police say there’s been no indication of foul play.
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The 53-year-old democrat Governor of Vermont’s in Iowa today, testing support for a run for the Presidency. Governor Howard Dean says democrats are ready for change and for someone who speaks their mind. Dean says he’d buck conventional wisdom and seek to rollback the tax cuts passed last summer. Dean believes economic issues will be at the forefront of the next presidential campaign, and he says George Bush has a flawed record on that score.Dean says democrats shouldn’t be intimidated by Bush’s public approval ratings. Dean says the President’s domestic agenda is absolutely wrong for the country. Iowa’s Caucuses, the first test for presidential candidates, are 22 months away, but this is Dean’s second trip to Iowa. He plans another in April and will spend a few weeks in the state in June. Dean says, “Iowa is very important to me. It’s a state I’m very comfortable in and basically if you ran a steamroller over Vermont it would look a lot like Iowa. The people are very similar.” He says Iowans like frank discussion and someone who’s willing to openly state their opinions.Dean, who’s a doctor, has been Vermont’s Governor since 1993.
Leaders from Iowa’s mental health and prison industries will meet late this morning for a roundtable discussion of the latest problems being caused by state budget cuts. Gary Hinzman, director of the Community Corrections Improvement Association organized the meeting, which he says they’ll use to look for answers.The Des Moines forum is drawing attendees including: Iowa Corrections chief Kip Kautzky, human rights leaders, victim advocates, judges and community leaders. In a Radio Iowa story this week, Kautzky said he’s concerned for the safety of his prison guards as programs are cut that keep inmates out of mischief. Hinzman says the problems are even worse on the “outside” as service and treatments get cut.Hinzman says many programs that help treat the mental problems of current and former inmates are being whittled away. With the dramatic scalebacks, offenders will fail in the community, which means more victims of crime.The roundtable runs from 11:30 to 1 today at the Des Moines office of the State Public Policy Group. Another roundtable talk is planned for April 26th in Cedar Rapids.
Not all life preservers are round and float. A battery-powered weather radio can help save lives by enabling us to be best prepared for approaching severe weather. Brad Small, senior forecaster at the Johnston office of the National Weather Service, says weather radios are great tools.This is Severe Weather Awareness Week as Iowans are reminded about the dangers we sometimes face living in this part of the country. Small says some weather radios enable the owner to pick and chose what type of weather information they’ll receive.Small says people should always be alert for severe weather to break out, and know where to seek shelter no matter where they are.New weather transmitter sites have been activated in the last year near St. Ansgar, Marshalltown, Carroll, Lenox, Montezuma, and Lake Rathbun. Proposed transmitter sites as part of the weather service’s upgrading of the weather radio network include: Wesley, Eldora, Milford, Sanborn, Storm Lake, Hancock, Essex, Osceola, Decorah, Maquoketa, Charter Oak, and Panora.
The republican woman democrat Governor Tom Vilsack picked to serve on the state Racing and Gaming Commission may not get the job. The Senate State Government Committee yesterday refused to endorse former Cedar Rapids Mayor Lee Clancey’s nomination. Committee chairman Steve King, a republican from Kiron, says Clancey was a traitor to the G-O-P when she endorsed Al Gore shortly before the 2000 election. King says you have to earn credit and credibility in small increments throughout your career. He says any move you make in your career jeopardizes that credibility and credit.King says Clancey’s very public support of Gore showed bad judgment on her part. King says judgment is important in anyone who’s setting public policy. He says Clancey’s endorsement came at an important time in the campaign and could’ve made a difference in the outcome.King says up to 21 republican senators are prepared to vote “no” on Clancey, which would doom her nomination. Clancey-backer Mary Lundby, a republican state Senator from Marion, hopes to convince some of those republicans to change their minds on Clancey. Lundby says the job of racing commissioner has nothing to do with partisan politics. Lundby says Clancey’s quite qualified for the job, as she knows the issues, is educated, smart, and stands up for what she believes.The State Government Committee voted to forward Clancey’s nomination to the full Senate “without recommendation” and she’s presently five votes short of gaining confirmation in the Senate. Clancey lost her own re-election bid last November.
A conference in Cedar Rapids today focuses on efforts to monitor the quality of Iowa’s ground water. Mary Skopec of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the conference is for all Iowans who’re interested on the results of the water monitoring program.The program has gone on for three years, and while she says they haven’t noticed a lot of differences, there are some regional differences. She says the testing of the rivers and streams shows differences based on land use and land form.For example, the Loess Hills in western Iowa have different phosphorus levels, while in the eastern side of the state there’s more connection to the groundwater and more nitrates. Skopec says the monitoring program is designed to answer future questions by giving the state a baseline of what the waters have been like.Skopec says information from the conference will be put on-line.The address is wqm.igsb.uiowa.edu. She says the website will have information from all the conference presentations, as well as fact sheets. The conference is at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School.
More bad news about gas prices. Department of Natural Resources fuel-price analyst David Downing says you could see digits changing at the pump faster than expected. He says crude-oil imports and inventories are down, but experts had expected them to be up. Another unpleasant surprise is our appetite for gas, which at eight-point-six million barrels a day is the kind of demand you normally only see in summertime. Gas-gobbling pickup trucks and S-U-V’s are blamed for this year’s high demand, but Downing says relief could be on the horizon in the form of even newer transportation technology.New fuel-cell vehicles to be rolled out in 2004-5 will have virtually no moving parts and could really be a hit. You’d better hope there’s an alternative, because Downing says developing nations will catch up with us in their demand for petroleum before long. The federal energy department outlook predicts world energy use will grow 60-percent over today’s usage by the year 2020.
Ottumwa police officials are denying allegations of ticket-writing quotas. The issue was raised by an officer during a union meeting. Ottumwa police chief Dennis Massey says the department is forbidden from even enacting such a policy. He says the state code prevents law enforcement agencies for establishing such quotas. Union representative Rick Willit says an officer who brought forth the allegation was reprimanded and moved to another job. City administrator Steve Rassmusen disputes that. He says no one was reprimanded, but the county attorney did review the allegation.
Coe College will host its own baseball tournament this weekend. The Kohawks will open against Grinnell College tomorrow. For Grinnell, it will be their first game since returning from a spring break trip to Florida.Grinnell coach Tim Hollibaugh says the tournament should help the Pioneers get ready for conference play. He says they need to keep the momentum going from the trip south.
The Iowa baseball team opens the Big ten race tomorrow with the first of a four game series at Michigan. The Hawkeyes have been inconsistent early on but one constant has been the play of senior Andy Jansen who has already earned conference player of the week honors.Iowa coach Scott Broghamer says Jansen is setting the standard for the team and has been a pleasure to watch. The Hawkeyes problem in conference play last year was a lack of timely hitting. Broghamer says they’ll play a lot of good teams and will only few a few chances to score. He says as they mature they should be able to do a better job of taking care of those opportunities.